Many students, parents, and teachers are studying and working from home this semester. Increasing online activities means online hackers are also increasing their hostile actions. Email accounts, Zoom meetings, and personal data are at risk. However, Lake Superior College cyber security professor, Matt McCullough, has some tips to keep online accounts secure. Passwords should be at least 15-20 characters long and different for every online account. Professor McCullough suggests email passwords should be even longer as hackers frequently target email accounts.
Hackers are also sending more phishing emails, which appear to be from legitimate companies or individuals. However, they fraudulently entice users to provide personal data. Professor McCullough suggest online users use Google’s phishing quiz to help educate themselves on phishing emails and how to identify them. Internet users can also use multifactor-authentication, which requires both a password and code that is texted to a user’s phone.
Everyone should be aware of his or her cyber security. Therefore, parents and teachers need to practice safe habits and educate their children and students. If teachers or businesses are using a Zoom meeting, then that meeting needs to have a passcode. The cyber domain rapidly changes and requires internet users to be adaptable. So learn, become cyber intelligent, and have fun and be safe while using the internet.